“The Gospel in 7 Words”
During our Lenten weekends and during Holy Week we focused on trying to confess the Good News of our faith in just 7 words. Here are some that have been turned in so far.
1. Jesus unites all kinds into His heaven.
2. Salvation needed. God sent Christ for me.
3. God’s Son Jesus died for undeserving sinners.
4. Jesus paid for our salvation, though undeserved.
5. God is there for all our needs.
6. Jesus died. My sins are all forgiven.
7. Jesus offers love, forgiveness, and eternal life.
8. Through Christ a peaceful eternal life exists.
9. Sin=death. Christ is LIFE, JOY, PEACE.
10. God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense: GRACE. Some non-sentence combinations:
11. Love. Amazing. Nice. Holy. Forgiving. Pure. Religious. 12. Belief. Life. Forever. Forgiven. Peace. Happiness. Home. 13. Hope. Love. Compassion. Life. Family. Peace. God.
14. Christ crucified arose. Forgiveness. Sin. Eternal Life.
15. Peace. Grace. Heaven. Joy. Forgiveness. Love. Giving. More:
16. In sin I die. Jesus restores life.
17. Hope is a gift through Christ Jesus.
18. Jesus is Way, Truth, Life. Believe in Him.
19. All about Triune God, Jesus, Holy Spirit.
20. The cross claimed Jesus for my sins.
21. Christ dies. I am saved for eternity.
22. By His grace we are saved.
May God bless your pondering of these confessions of faith, and help you to prepare to tell others the reason for the hope you have!
As I write this, it is March 20, the first day of spring! A new season brings a variety of hopes. We may hope we have seen the last snowfall. We may hope that the Cardinals have a better year. We may hope that upcoming graduations go smoothly.
These, and many other hopes we may have, usually have a degree of uncertainty. There is, however, a very different hope at the center of our faith. This hope is tied firmly to what happened on that first Easter Sunday – the Resurrection of Our Lord. This hope is echoed loudly in the words spoken during the Committal service at the graveside: “We now commit the body of ________ to its resting place; earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust, in the sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ…” A sure and certain hope!
Most hopes have a small or large degree of uncertainty because the outcome rests on what we do or on what other people do. This hope, however, rests on what has already been done by our Lord Jesus, and on His promise that because He lives – we will live, also. What a joy it is that our hope rests on Him, and not on ourselves!
My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
No merit of my own I claim
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.
—Text: Edward Mote, 1797-1874
Pastor will be on vacation from Monday, April 2 through Monday, April 9.
Contacts in an emergency during Pastor’s Vacation:
Pastor on call Rev. Michael Diener, 440-554-6430
Chaplain-Columbia Hospitals Rev. Ingmire, 573-231-2424
Or call an Elder:
Mark Kaskus, 573-220-9891
Doug Newman, 573-220-8375
Travis Queen, 573-529-2647
Pat Quigley, 573-544-3884
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